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The Eagles were one of the most successful bands of the 1970s. Not surprisingly, they got their start as session musicians who were put together by a Hollywood producer to play on Linda Ronstadt's Silk Purse album. The lineup then consisted of Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Randy Meisner, and Bernie Leadon (of Flying Burrito Brothers). Burrito bass player Chris Hillman (also of the Byrds) once stated in an interview for MOJO magazine that Frey and J.D. Souther, who co-wrote many of the Eagles' hit songs, would attend every FBB show and watch Gram Parsons as if they were studying him in order to write a thesis. Hillman opined that the Eagles went on to become a very successful, slick version of the Burritos. In that respect, listening to the Eagles' early recordings reveal that they seem to have borrowed Parsons' Cosmic American Music vision to invent a prosperous decade-long career. Their first self-titled album went gold in 1973 (shortly after Parsons died). Don Felder was added on as a fifth member of the band for their third album, On the Border. Then in 1976, when they lost Leadon, the band recruited Joe Walsh from the James Gang only months before releasing Hotel California. The albu... See More

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  • History Of The Eagles


    Year: 2012

    Runtime: 3 hr 53 min

    Director Alison Ellwood, along with Producer (and Academy Award-winning documentarian), Alex Gibney, meticulously crafts an intimate patchwork of rare archival material, concert footage, and unseen home movies exploring the evolution and enduring popularity of one of America's truly definitive bands. Inspired by the vibrant Los Angeles music scene, Glenn Frey and Don Henley left Linda Ronstadt's backup band in 1971 to team with Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner and form the Eagles. While personal stories from band members (later including Don Felder, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit), managers, and music-industry luminaries frame the narrative, it's the unexpected moments-recording sessions, backstage interactions, and even a whimsical sequence from the Desperado cover shoot-that convey the extraordinary bond linking artists, music, and the times (an era when country-tinged rock and finely-honed harmonies spoke to a nation still reeling from unrest). But the band was not impervious to its own unrest, and its conflicts prompted several departures and ultimately led to its demise (or long vacation). Part One follows the band from its formation in 1971 through its ascendancy in the 70's to the infamous unravelling in the fall of 1980. Part Two tracks the group from its reunion in 1994 through the triumphant Hell Freezes Over tour, the 2007 release of the album, The Long Road Out of Eden (which sold over 5-1/2 million copies, worldwide, and garnered the band its 5th and 6th GrammyR Awards), and its ongoing success as an international touring act. This history of the Eagles skips neither a beat nor a hit song, and we're reminded why the band's greatest hits collection (Vol. I) remains the best-selling album of the 20th century. - John Nein, Sundance Institute

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